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Income from oil and gas production doesn’t always trickle down to landowners, as companies find ways to minimize the share they pay in royalties. Read more...
Energy Information Agency (EIA) figures for April show the U.S. exported the second-highest monthly total of petcoke in the country's history and 2012 was the highest ever annual amount of U.S. petcoke exports. Further, Keystone XL is intricately tied into this new coal export market, as it will feed right into many key Gulf Coast petcoke refineries, as explained by the great Jan. 2013 report by Oil Change International. Read more...
"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown." Read more...
Rachel Maddow talked to Mike Blum of Tulane University about how the booms being used to contain, or rather not contain, the oil in the Gulf and keep Read more...
A modest proposal: Please, somebody needs to throw a boom around Liz Cheney. Open Thread below... Read more...

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Ailes exposes Fox News' GOP philosophical connections Read more...
This Joke Runs Deep?
Consequence of Sound's intelligent, thoughtful review of the new Insane Clown Posse record is equal parts Andy Kaufman and Richard Meltzer, and theref Read more...
Black Eyed Peas Hold The Top 2 Spots
You have to hand it to the Black Eyed Peas, who after hugely successful solo outings by their members have returned to hold the top two spots on the B Read more...
 We've been covering this story for a while now, but this is wild... When Mattel Inc. recalled nearly a million toys manufactured by Zhang Shuhong's Read more...
NOLA Left Behind David Gregory's report is saddening. Bush tells the people that everything is doing great: "It's a heck of a place to bring your fa Read more...